RW sailor Jessica reaches the equator...sea tragedy off New Guinea...Kidnapped sailors refuse food and amazing 203 yachts registered for Around Australia rally...knowing your batteries...and much more...

19 Nov 2009

Diary Dates


All the sailing news from Australia and the world's oceans...

Now she's at the equator  .
North of Fiji 16-year-old Queenslander Jessica Watson has just crossed the equator in her quest to be the youngest person to circumnavigate the world non-stop and unassisted.

In Somalia kidnapped British sailors Paul and Rachel Chandler are reported to be ill and refusing water and food...

North east of New Guinea eight men drifted for two months before being rescued - but only five survived...

An amazing 203 yachts have already registered for the Around Australia Rally in 2011

There is a subject of prime interest to sailors - VHF Marine Radio Operator Qualifications - that you can still make comment on - we include the story again this week, so please respond if you haven't already.

Interesting to note the story in India where the crew on a French cruising yacht experienced a rough 24 hours when they arrived into Kochi without papers after a storm drove them off their course. Naturally international convention prevailed at last, but it's a warning to approach Harbour officials with care before entering a foreign port without papers.

There's nothing like knowing who the top runners are when you're considering yachts, so this week we profile the finalists in the European Yacht of the Year for family cruisers. Which do you think will win? – I am barracking for the Ovni - such an interesting boat, but you hardly ever see them in Australia! (French for UFO by the way)

Finally, I must mention the valuable series we have just begun on 'Knowing you batteries', by Larry Janke. If electricity was not your strongest subject at school, or if you are otherwise 'battery-challenged', this is a must-read!

Much more too, so browse through all the stories to see what interests you, and

Sweet sailing!

Nancy Knudsen, Editor

Round-world teen sailor Jessica Watson crosses the equator
Nancy Knudsen,
16-year-old Sunshine Coast sailor Jessica Watson has crossed the equator, the first big milestone on her round-the-world solo voyage. She crossed the Neptune line early on Thursday morning, Australian time, north of Fiji, after being at sea for over a month.... [more]
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Sea Tragedy off Nauru - five rescued, three dead
Sail-World Round-up,
Malnourished crew of a vessel which had lost power and drifted unknown for two months north of New Guinea have been discovered off the coast of Nauru. A helicopter belonging to a US-flagged fishing vessel, the Ocean Encounter, spotted the boat as it drifted off Nauru on Sunday. Seven men were on board but two died after being rescued by the US crew.... [more]
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Kidnapped sailors ill and refusing to eat or drink
International News/Sail-World Cruising,
A member of the pirate gang who have kidnapped British cruising sailors Paul and Rachel Chandler have said that they are ill and refusing to eat or drink. The claim will renew concern about the wellbeing of the couple, and comes after it emerged that the crew of a Royal Navy vessel watched helplessly as the couple were taken hostage from their yacht Lynn Rival on October 23.... [more]
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Sailing with Balvenie: Cruising to Sicily - the hard way
Amanda Church and Mark Farrell,
Amanda Church and Mark Farrell continue their tales of sailing in the Mediterranean on their 47ft yacht Balvenie, and here describe their hilarious - if it weren't so uncomfortable - arrival into Syracusa. Balvenie left Roccella Ionica in glassy waters with a stunning red sky at sunrise. It should have been a warning, but the day started well enough.... [more]
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French yacht Adriano seized in Kochi, India
Juhan Samuel and Sai-World Asia,
It's a timely warning for cruising sailors ensure that their documents are in order before entering foreign ports and not take their documentation casually. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) of India has seized a French yacht, Adriano, in Kochi after it entered the port without valid documents.... [more]
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Knowing your battery, Part 1 - 10 common battery myths
Larry Janke,
All sailing boats of any size use batteries, but do you know enough to choose the right one for your boat? to diagnose problems when they occur? to know that the 'expert' in that unknown port is telling you the right information? Here Larry Janke begins a multi-part series on batteries that no longer-range sailor can afford not to read. First the myths!... [more]
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Joe Tripodi sacked as Minister for Ports and Waterways (and the rest)
Media Services,
New South Wales Premier, Nathan Rees has sacked two of his most controversial ministers in an attempt to gain a lift for his Labor government in the polls.... [more]
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200+ yachts to sail Around Australia Race and Rally in 2011
Sail-World Cruising,
The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers is known to be the oldest and best attended ocean rally for cruisers, but it has been going for over 20 years. It typically accepts 225 boats. The inaugural Around Australia Race and Rally is promising to have an amazing first year, in that an astounding 203 boats have already reserved places for the 2011 event.... [more]
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Public Comment on VHF Marine Radio Operator Qualifications
Craig Heydon,
Yachting Australia is reminding interested persons that public comment is being sought by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) on VHF Marine Radio Operator Qualifications... [more]
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Benefactor donates sailing boat for club sail training
Pat McLeod,,
The Southport Yacht Club is opening its arms to a new breed of sailors, all through the extraordinary generosity of a club benefactor. Successful businessman and passionate yachtie Peter Teakle recently donated the 32ft Sydney racing yacht Ocean Mentor to the club.... [more]
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The Truth is out - British Navy watched pirate kidnap of sailors
International News/Sail-World Cruising,
The truth is now out. It has been confirmed that a British Royal Navy ship actually watched Somali pirates kidnap British cruising sailors Paul and Rachel Chandler on the high seas, British authorities said Friday. Other reports say there's reason to hope they could be released within a month.... [more]
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Family Cruiser: Which will be the European Yacht of the Year?
Cruising roundup/Nancy Knudsen,
I'm not sure if it's true that 11 sailing journalists can't be wrong, but this month in Barcelona journalists from 11 yachting magazines have the enviable task of testing and judging finalist yachts in the 'European Yacht of the Year 2009/2010'. Here we look at the finalists in the 'Family Cruiser' category. Can YOU pick the winner?... [more]
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Scientists call for urgent Global Cooling to save reefs
ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral reef Studies,
Australian marine scientists have issued an urgent call for massive and rapid worldwide cuts in carbon emissions, deep enough to prevent atmospheric CO2 levels rising to 450 parts per million (ppm).... [more]
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Sail & Play encourages sailing and playing
Suellen Hurling,
The Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron is again hosting its popular Sail & Play program during the summer holiday break which caters for primary school aged children.... [more]
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Growth of sailing in India - Kochi is teaching its children to sail...
Press Trust of India/Sail-World Cruising,
Kochi, that pleasant harbour city on the rich southwest of India, is becoming more and more sailing conscious. Long been a haven for cruising sailors, Kochi became more conscious of the sport last year when the round world Volvo yachts chose the city as a stopover point. Now Kochi is teaching its children to sail...... [more]
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Whitsunday Rent A Yacht - Luxury in the Whitsundays
Whitsunday Rent A Yacht,
Whitsunday Rent A Yacht have a boat to suit every group and every budget - when on charter in the Whitsundays you will explore and discover new experiences, you will meet new people and make new friends ...and maybe find old ones too.... [more]
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On-line Kayaking Safety tuition aims at lowering the drowning stats
Coastguard Boating Education .,
New Zealand's Coastguard Boating Education now have available the first of a new series of online, interactive education modules. Small craft, inclusive of Kayak and powered water craft, currently represent the fastest growing sector of the market with their users over represented in the drowning statistics.... [more]
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